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Morgan Wallen Speaks About Using Racial Slut, Tells Fans Not To Defend Him

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Country star Morgan Wallen has asked his fans not to defend him after video surfaced showing him using the "n-word."

Wallen issued an apology but has faced severe backlash from the country music industry. He was disqualified from this year's Academy of Country Music Awards, his music was pulled from iHeartRadio stations and he was also suspended by his record label.

Meanwhile, Wallen has released a five-minute post via Instagram announcing that he has met with Black leaders and that he has been sober for nine days.

"The video you saw was me on hour 72 of 72 of a bender, and that's not something I'm proud of," he says. "I accepted some invitations from some amazing Black organizations, some executives and leaders, to engage in some very real and honest conversations."

"They had every right to step on my neck … to not show me any grace, but they did the exact opposite. T hey offered me grace and also paired that with an offer to learn and grow," he added. "That kindness really inspired me to dig deeper on how to do something about this."

Wallen asked his fans not to defend him, as he "was wrong" and takes "ownership" of the problem."

"I was wrong. It's on me to take ownership for this and I fully accept the penalties I'm facing. The timing of my return is solely upon me and the work I put in," he said. "This entire situation is ugly right now but I'll keep searching for ways to become the example instead of being made one."

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